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Unusual Pacific Cooling means La Nina is now a possibility

Posted By Jo Nova On September 7, 2017 @ 2:33 am In Global Warming | Comments Disabled

It was only June when there were expectations of an El Nino coming. But the sea has cooled rapidly since then — much faster than usual — and now NOAA thinks a La Nina is slightly more likely. If so, global temperatures will decline.

Pacific Ocean, Cooling, Sept 2017, La Nina.

Cold water is upwelling across the Eastern Pacific. Sea Surface Temp Anomaly.  | Image Sept 6, 2017

I notice that there is also unusually cold water on the surface of the eastern Indian Ocean near West Australia (see below). One spot is 2.5C cooler than normal. I don’t know the significance…

Indian Ocean cooling,

Cooling ocean in the east Indian Ocean too.  Sea Surface Temp Anomaly.  | Image Sept 6, 2017

It may be a milder wetter summer downunder (our grid managers will be happy about that.) In the US, drying conditions in the south, but more snow or rain in the midwest, Northern California. A cooler snowier winter in Canada. It means more Atlantic Hurricanes.

The best explanation I’ve heard on how El Nino works is from Bill Kininmonth: The deep oceans drive the atmosphere.

h/t GWPF

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